Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

News Release Archive

August 19, 2015
AMES, Iowa  -- Farmers markets offer plenty of sweet corn, cucumbers and zucchini in August, but many behind-the-scenes activities go into making fresh fruits and vegetables available the rest of the year.


August 18, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Livestock producers looking to enhance their grazing management skills should plan to attend one of four September workshops held by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Guest speaker Laura Paine, holistic management certified educator from Wisconsin, will discuss...


August 14, 2015
AMES, Iowa – “A Resource Guide for Beginning Farmers” (LF 0006) compiles dozens of existing training resources on everything from soil and composting to small farm equipment and whole farm planning, including information on food safety and seed saving. The guide is available from...


July 13, 2015
NOTE: The Leopold Center has played a key role in this project and in sustainable biomass production. Congratulations to the University of Iowa Biomass Project for this honor. IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa has been recognized by the Iowa governor’s office for its initiative to use...


July 8, 2015
WEST UNION, Iowa – A new publication describes how emerging food hubs can grow successfully under money constraints if cash flow is managed strategically. Produced by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the Iowa Food Hub, Managing...


July 1, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Recently published research from Iowa State University shines a spotlight on the “slow money” movement, which seeks to match locally produced and environmentally friendly food and artisanal products and services with fresh capital investment. The growing fiduciary...


June 30, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Summaries of 11 recently completed research projects are available from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. The research covered many topics – from water quality and alternative practices for corn and soybean systems, to activities that...


June 16, 2015
Blank Park Zoo and 37 organizations combine forces to encourage the planting of butterfly gardens in the state of Iowa during National Pollinator Week, June 15-21. DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa’s Blank Park Zoo is teaming up with local, regional and national organizations to encourage Iowans...


June 10, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minnesota -- NCR-SARE is pleased to announce that George Bird of East Lansing, Michigan and Jerry DeWitt of Holly Springs, North Carolina are being honored as 2015 “NCR-SARE Heroes.” Coordinated by the Alumni Organization of the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture...


May 28, 2015
AMES, Iowa -- The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is looking for innovative ideas for research and projects as part of its long-running competitive grants program. Of particular interest this year is work that focuses on soil health, farming options to create a more diverse landscape,...


May 15, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Commercial production topics and practices will be featured at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 2015 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day on Monday, Aug. 10 at the ISU Horticulture Research Station, near Ames. The annual event will begin at 1:30 p.m. and conclude with a...


May 4, 2015
AMES, Iowa –Can raising cattle support conservation goals? Researchers are investigating how grazing livestock on native plants can yield agronomic, economic and ecological benefits by mimicking natural processes. “Often in agriculture, we think production and environmental...


April 29, 2015
Noted farmer-philosopher Wendell Berry will present the inaugural Kirschenmann Lecture on June 18 at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. The series honors Fred Kirschenmann, who has served as President of its Board of Directors since 2008, splitting his...


April 16, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Iowa-born conservationist Aldo Leopold developed his famous Land Ethic, which had as its foundation one of Iowa’s richest resources, the soil. In the same spirit, Mark Rasmussen, director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, encourages Iowans to follow advice...


April 8, 2015
AMES, Iowa –The Leopold Center is accepting nominations for the 2015 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture, which honors those whose work demonstrates commitment to the sustainability of Iowa’s family farms. Individuals may apply for the Spencer Award or nominate others. Nomination...


April 1, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Two conservation leaders have joined the advisory board for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, a research and education center at Iowa State University. The new members are Cathy Kling, director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State...


March 31, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Summaries of five recently completed research projects are now available from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. Topics included the effects of biochar and nitrogen applications on perennial plant ecosystems, mob grazing of beef cattle,...


March 12, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Dan Barber, co-owner and executive chef of Manhattan’s Blue Hill restaurant and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York, will speak at Iowa State University on a topic he knows very well: food. Barber is the author of The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future...


March 3, 2015
AMES, Iowa – The first coordinated study of food hub development in Iowa shows that food hubs play a significant role in the state’s local and regional food economy. Thirteen food hubs purchased $4.5 million in food from more than 450 Iowa farmers and supported 58 jobs.


February 24, 2015
AMES, Iowa –  The eighth annual “Ames Reads Leopold” event will celebrate the conservation legacy of Iowa native Aldo Leopold with a screening of the Emmy award winning documentary Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time and with readings that characterize...


February 23, 2015
NOTE: Recent developments at the Eastern Iowa Airport near Cedar Rapids highlight two projects that have received significant support from the Leopold Center: production of sustainable biomass and prairie conservation STRIPS. The Leopold Center is pleased to see these projects get “on the...


February 13, 2015
AMES, Iowa – With spring just around the corner, Iowans have a resource to help them connect to local food producers in their area, Iowa CSA Farms: 2015 Statewide List of CSA Farms and Organizers Serving Iowa.


February 10, 2015
AMES, Iowa – More than 1,000 Iowans were surveyed to learn more about their expectations for agriculture and concerns about environmental quality. The random sample survey found that not only do Iowans support targeted approaches for multiple-benefit agriculture, they are willing to pay for...


February 2, 2015
DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University Agricultural Law Center released information in January about their research project regarding non-operator land owners and tenant farmers facing extreme weather. The research provides a qualitative look at how land owners and farmers need to work...


January 22, 2015
AMES, Iowa – The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture has awarded grants to 17 innovative research and demonstration projects that promise to move agricultural production toward greater sustainability while improving Iowa’s soil and water resources.


January 9, 2015
Melody Bro joins the staff at Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN) to increase outreach to women in rural Iowa. She will coordinate the Women, Land and Legacy program, where local groups of women hold ongoing meetings covering topics from farm management to conservation.


January 5, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Sustainable agriculture is an eternal “balancing act.” The new annual report from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture located at Iowa State University shows how the Center nimbly keeps juggling agriculture hot topics from aquaponics to yurts.